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12 Aug 2022, 8:04 am

Autistic children will be ‘profoundly effected’ by NHS shortages

CHILDREN with autism and speech problems are facing longer waits to access community care due to NHS staff shortages, health leaders have warned.

The NHS Confederation and NHS Providers are both calling for urgent action to improve the waiting list for language therapy and autism assessment, warning delays will have a “profound effect” on the lives of children.

The organisations say there are growing vacancies for district nurses, health visitors, podiatrists, community dentists and speech and language therapists.

Existing shortages have been exacerbated by the pandemic as well as the cost-of-living crisis, which is piling additional pressures on staff, especially those who need to travel to see patients, health leaders said.

More than one million people, including 300,000 children, are waiting for care in the community, according to figures obtained by the Health Service Journal earlier this month.

Of those about 74,300 young people were waiting for speech and language therapy.

The NHS Confederation and NHS Providers said that the government’s pledge to recruit 50,000 more nurses before the end of this Parliament will provide “little or no benefit” as it only applies to hospital nurses.

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